Jerry Knoll, long time USAID officer, passed away Sunday, February 12 at Grand Oaks Senior Apartments in Washington D.C. Born in Ohio in 1924, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945. Jerry earned his A.B. and his M.B.A from the University of Chicago in 1947. He was a lifetime and proud member of the Harper Society at the University and was on the Visiting Committee of the Graduate School of Public Policy there since 1988.
Jerry’s career, like many of his contemporaries, began with the United States Military Government in Germany in 1948 and then with the Allied High Commission. He joined the Mutual Security Administration Mission in 1952 as Special Assistant to the Director and then spent two years with the Foreign Operations Administration before serving in the State Department as an international economist from 1955 to 1959.
He joined the International Cooperation Administration in 1959 and in 1961 he entered USAID as Deputy Director of Development Planning. Jerry is remembered as a consummate professional, friend and mentor through assignments as Director of the Office West African Affairs (1964-1968), the Office of Eastern and Southern African Affairs (1968-1976), and the Office of Near East and North African Affair (1976-1979). After retiring from AID Jerry served as Deputy Director of the Medical Programs Division at the International Rescue Committee (1979-1984).